Chronic Disease Management Specialist

VCM Family Medicine

Aruna Medimpudi, M.D.

Family Medicine located in Aldie, VA

It’s incredibly important for patients with chronic diseases to have a physician that they can trust with their constant care. Aruna Medimpudi, MD, provides excellent and consistent chronic disease management for her patients at VCM Family Medicine in Aldie, Virginia. To learn more about how Dr. Medimpudi can improve your quality of life with high-quality chronic disease management, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or booking your visit online.

Chronic Disease Management Q & A

What is chronic disease management?

Some diseases don’t have a quick and easy cure, and require more long-term care or management, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension

Dr. Medimpudi is highly skilled in managing these conditions in order to improve the day-to-day life of those living with chronic diseases.

How is diabetes managed?

If you suffer from type 2 diabetes, Dr. Medimpudi first tries to manage your blood sugar levels by suggesting lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise. If your type 2 diabetes doesn’t respond to these lifestyle changes, or if you have type 1 diabetes, she can prescribe you insulin in order to keep your blood sugar at a healthy level.

How is depression managed?

If you’re living with depression, Dr. Medimpudi might refer you to a psychologist or a psychiatrist. She also might prescribe medication that can help alleviate your symptoms, such as:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
  • Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors

In the case of a severe depressive episode, Dr. Medimpudi can recommend a hospital stay or an outpatient treatment program.

How is anxiety managed?

If you have anxiety that’s interfering with your ability to function in your daily life, Dr. Medimpudi will recommend psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two. Demonstrably safe and effective medications for treating anxiety include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Buspirone

For psychotherapy, Dr. Medimpudi might refer you to a cognitive behavioral therapist who will engage with you in a short-term treatment to teach you specific skills for managing your anxiety.

How is COPD managed?

There is a wide range of methods that Dr. Medimpudi can administer to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The first and most important step is to stop smoking. Dr. Medimpudi can help you with this by recommending nicotine replacement products, medications, or a support group.

More advanced stages of the disease might require medications like:

  • Bronchodilators
  • Inhaled steroids
  • Oral steroids
  • Phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitors
  • Theophylline
  • Antibiotics

Dr. Medimpudi might also recommend lung therapies such as oxygen therapy or a pulmonary rehabilitation program.

How is high cholesterol managed?

If you’re living with high cholesterol, this first thing Dr. Medimpudi does is recommend lifestyle changes such as improving your diet or exercising more. If your cholesterol levels are still high after healthy lifestyle changes, Dr. Medimpudi might prescribe one of the following classes of medications:

  • Statins
  • Bile-acid-binding resins
  • Cholesterol absorption inhibitors
  • PCSK9 inhibitors

Dr. Medimpudi will work with you to pick a medication that’s best-suited to your age, health, and personal needs and preferences.

How is hypertension managed?

Dr. Medimpudi can help you manage your hypertension by guiding you through some lifestyle changes, such as eating a heart-healthy diet with less salt, limiting the amount of alcohol you drink, and exercising regularly.

In addition to lifestyle changes, she might also prescribe medications to lower your blood pressure, such as:

  • Calcium channel blockers
  • ACE inhibitors
  • Diuretics
  • Beta-blockers
  • Angiotensin II receptor blockers

Don’t wait to start addressing your chronic disease. Get the help of a medical professional like Dr. Medimpudi by scheduling an appointment with VCM Family medicine today. You can call the office or book your visit online.